Liquor De Malt | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Liquor De MaltLiquor De Malt

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The world's only bottle-conditioned malt liquor, Liquor de Malt is brewed with red, white and blue gourmet corns. These 40-ounce bottles come in a hand-stamped brown paper bag.

Added by Todd on 05-14-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jaysephx69
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a foamy white head on top. The foam lasts for a few minutes and dissolves leaving the smallest amount of white on top. No lacing to speak of.

S: Surprisingly sweet, some straw and grain as well as a little bit of corn. There is a faint floral aroma mixed in as well.

T: Again, sweeter than expected. There is some light malt and a little bit of graininess, as well as some corn. There is a little floral/grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks rather smoothly for a malt liquor.

O: Easily one of the better malt liquors I have ever had. Hopefully DFH will make it again

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 40oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a hazy looking orange color with a thick, foamy, white head rising an inch above the beer.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness to it. I get corn, caramel, sugar and some grainy malts. I get some crisp fruitiness to it as well. Not a bad aroma, could use a little more balance to offset some of the sweetness but it's starting off better than I anticipated it would.

The taste shows more of the caramel flavors coming out and mixing with some of the crisp fruitiness. I get a little of the corn up front, while the finish is sugary sweet. Not bad overall.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side and also pretty creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a lot better than I anticipated, but also not great. It had some decent flavors to it through and was cool beer to try.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sending me this awesome beer, Josh!

A: Pours a cloudy golden iced-tea color with a big tan head that quickly settled into a wispy scum. Not much lace.
S: I get dominant notes of corn meal and a honey-esque sweetness. Grain definitely dominates but there is a bit of orange zest in there as well.
T: Follows the nose with a big grainy taste followed by a clean honey sweetness. There are a bit of fruity hops in the finish as well. For what it’s worth, the flavor really isn’t that offensive at all. Nothing sour.
M: Medium body, foamy carbonation, wet and creamy mouthfeel and fairly hidden alcohol. This is pretty clean actually, and no bad aftertaste or film is left in my mouth.
O: For a malt liquor this is definitely king. I found nothing offensive in this beer at all. It’s not something I would want to drink again, but it’s just a sweet grainy straight forward beer. Thanks again, Stormking47.

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Photo of netrioter
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

not much to say...easily the best malt liquor ever made.

It does get a bit funky at the swill if its warm,thats why it didnt get a perfect.

The perfect malt liquor for the critic that cant handle or lower themselves to the macro malts like St. Ides,Schlitz,Old English. etc

Only Tap and Die is better but its out of production.

Shiner Malt would be right behind DFH malt...impossible to find it though.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

40 oz bottle shared by Drew. Savored from a Chimay chalice and chugged from a brown bagged bottle.

Cloudy golden amber color with a nice long-lasting white head and surprising lacing. Sweet nose of malt and corn, let's be hones though, smells like malt liquor and bad decisions. Pleasant, creamy smooth mouthfeel with a sweet, bready malt flavor. Mild fruit sweetness throughout with some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Bizarrely not terrible. Never really loses sight of what it is, but for a malt liquor very nice and crisp.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not enough 40's in my life lately. Thanks to Alex for sharing this.

A - Hazy orangish-amber color. Little bit of white head that settled down rather quickly and left some spots behind.

S - Sweet malts and grains, some booze. Actually has some more complex stuff in there that reminds me of acutal beer, some sort of spice or fruit or something.

T - Taste is not bad. It's sweet, with honey and fruit notes and goes down pretty smoothly.

M - Carbonated, medium bodied.

O - I actually thought this was really good, and then I remembered I had been drinking complete shit immediately prior to this. I guess it's kind of a sliding scale when you're drinking malt liquors. It's not horrible, and might be the best malt liquor ever. Having said that, don't give me this again. Rating to style or not, this is an average beer, and I'm going to treat it accordingly.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden/amber color with a foamy white head on top. The foam lasts for a few minutes and dissolves leaving the smallest amount of white on top. No lacing to speak of.

S: Surprisingly sweet, some straw and grain as well as a little bit of corn. There is a faint floral aroma mixed in as well.

T: Again, sweeter than expected. There is some light malt and a little bit of graininess, as well as some corn. There is a little floral/grassy flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks rather smoothly for a malt liquor.

O: Easily one of the better malt liquors I have ever had. It would still be hard to drink the entire thing on your own, and I am glad I was able to share this one. Hopefully DFH will make it again so I can have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Annual(?) Chicago Malt Liquor Tasting - opened this immediately after Head Banger. I got this in a trade a while back - I apologize as I can't remember who sent it. Initially consumed straight from the bottle, although we poured a little into a tulip to accurately review appearance (as well as a little on the floor for our homies who couldn't attend).

A - Quick-dissolving finger of white foam settles to a thin ring and razor-thin cap. Tiny spots of lace remain. The body is a slightly hazed, mostly transparent golden peach color. It's a little bit above-average for the style, but gets bonus points for the wonderful bottle and accompanying paper bag.

S - Sweet grains, sugar, fruity notes, perhaps a faint whiff of alcohol.

T - Again, lightly toasted cereal grains, sugar, honey, and fruity notes. Somewhat juice-like actually (and not Jooze-like), but gets increasingly cloying as it approaches room temperature.

M - Zesty carbonation, grainy medium body, and some surprising bitterness in the finish. Are there actually hops used in this?

D - This was actually quite easy to drink, although it'd be a challenge to put down 40oz before it got warm and overly saccharine. I suspect that if Dogfish marketed this as a strong lager with honey and maize it'd actually be quite successful.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle shared thanks to Drew d13logan, thanks a lot for hosting the whole tasting. Let me preface this by saying to all those that are rating this beer badly: Have you ever had other malt liquors? If we were rating this actually to style compared to all the malt liquors, this would get all 5's, just saying.

A: Deep orange, totally cloudy with a crazy pinky of thick foamy head that leaves nice lacing. I guess that'd be a 5 for Malt Liquor to me!

S: Has a lot of apple juice in the smell, with a little cinnamon, reminds me of homemade apple sauce. Some sticky taffy in there too.

T: Also has lots of apples mixed with big barley flavors. Has a nice ripe fruit and raisin taste that makes me think of a belgian strong or BPA. Straw. Some sweetness drips from it. For a malt liquor, it's quite awesome.

M: Too much carbonation but a smooth beer behind that.

O: Best malt I'll ever have.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Hophead101's BT tasting party on 12/27/10

Pours a hazy yellow with a layer of white bubbles on the surface. Aroma is basically corn, lots of corn, as the name would imply, its a nice smelling malt liquor minus the 7/11, late night through the window purchase. Taste follows the taste, sweet corn, malts, very nice and smooth tasting malt liquor. Mouthfeel is very creamy with light carbonation, nicely smooth. Its easy to drink but I don't think i'd be looking to down a bottle on the corner anytime soon.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white head and a fair amount of lacing. Looks like Steel Reserve. Smells like a malt bomb and a little of that good ol' corn. Tastes very malty as the name might suggest -- not much else. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability is okay. Nothing special really.

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Photo of udchemist
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks urbancaver. Comes with its own paperbag n palstic cap! :)
Smells amazing, very addictive smell the malts come across awesome
Taste is great, like it quite a bit but probably wouldn't drink often.
Mouthfeel - very nice
Drinkability - very very good.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had during a dog fish head tasting
A-pale yellow with good carbonation. White head disappates to thin lacing
S-fancy steel reserve. Some malt, but its faint
T-pleasantly suprised. If most malt liquor tasted like this, I would prolly be a richer man. Crisp and clean. Not as much alcohol as I thought I would taste.
M-medium bodied and goes down ridiculously smooth
D-wow. This sets the standard for malt liquor. Not bad at all.

Thanks cam!

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a dark amber with a lot of pure white head. Good lacing and lote of huge bubbles. Smells malty and apple-y. Tastes sweet and malty. Like any malt liquor but top notch. Well carbonated and a grewt mouthfeel. Surprisingly good for a malt liquor. Cheers dogfish head

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pulled this sweet bottle out of its bum like brown bag and proceeded to twist off the plastic cap for real old school college effect. Pours a murky light brown, tan colored with a one finger thick bone white head that actually stuck around for the whole time. As I hold it up to the light there is some yeast chunks and lots of haze going on here and I cannot see through this ale. On the swirl the viscosity appears to be pretty thin.


Haha probably the best smelling 40oz I have ever had! wet earthy corn particularly the green husks and the brown hair like fibers. Lots of sweetness and moss going on here with absolutly no hop presence. In the finish there is a slight hay aroma with other muddled flavors that hare hard to pull out.


Not bad at all, Very sweet, light fluffy corn and some green veggies, honey and candi sugar are the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe some burnt biscuits or toast ? Like a overly sweet pilsner..


Smooth and definitely unforgettable for its crazy packaging and flavorful undertones that make this the best 40oz out there. I would agree this is kind of a gimmick but its really neat to see these kind of experiments go down just for fun.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one was opened at the halloween carving last night. thrilled to be able to knock it off my list i shared it with a couple others. poured into a pint glass and consumed on 10/29/2010.

really a fantastic pour here with a very hazy peach colored body that made a huge head of white foam on top of the glass. great lacing then dropped down the side, instantly coating the entire side of the glass. really nicely done i have to admit.

aroma is hard to describe. lots of grains, but there is definitely another element to this beer that is hard to describe. like bananas, or some kind of fruit that mixes in and gives it some sort of light kick. smooth, incredibly clean flavor with a rich and even carbonation. i cannot belive a malt liquor can taste this good. smooth malty flavor, very sweet with a light kick of fruit and a long clean and sweet finish of light corn seal the deal.

simply outstanding beer and puts a whole new look into my eyes as far as a style goes. really well done.

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Photo of albgarza
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this to a beer tapping at Flossmoor.

Appearance-Very cloudy and thick head

Smell-malty and sweet barley

Taste-Not what I expected kind of like a Barley wine.

Mouthfeel-Fills your mouth,thick very carbonated.

Drinkability-Not easy to drink but would have another at 7%abv

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Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rolling out the 40 for my 1000th review. Its a good substitute. Beer poured into a DFH glass (becher) from a 40. Twist off cap, classy.

Beer is murky amber with a big head of off white bubbles. Carbonation is high, small bubbles. I have to say, this is not what I was expecting from a malt liquor. I've reviewed several malt liquors and this does not really look like a malt liquor. Kind of looks like dirty water. Head dynamics are good and there is a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is pretty sweet but overall kind of weak.

Beer is kind of sweet, light in body, carbonation in mouth, almost a carmelly aftertaste. Its interesting. Quite a decent tasting beer, despite looking like dishwater. Its creamy and smooth in the mouth, highly drinkable. OK I get it, its a good beer. I'd have it again, if that were possible and if it came in less than 40 ounce bottles.

Wow, what a 1000 beers. What will I drink for the second 1000? I don't know but I can't wait.

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Photo of biegaman
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After pouring a little out on the sidewalk, I pour some into my pint glass. And it's a good thing too because otherwise I wouldn't of been able to appreciate this beer's huge, pillowy head, tarnished brass colour and, although they aren't exactly attractive, the occasional little fleck of spent yeast. It looks aight yo, and besides, the lacing it leaves is so decorative and rhythmical, I find myself examining it for hidden messages.

Not ever having tried any of the godfathers of malt liquor - Old English, Colt, Schlitz, Mickey's, St. Ides - I definitely lack a point of reference. I know enough about bad beers, however, to know one when I smell it. And this, to be blunt, smells repulsive. It is a crude, borderline vulgar smell dominated by coarse alcohol and, feeling the urge of my biological instincts kicking in, I just keep my nose away. The fumes alone are intoxicating.

Where as all other malt liquors are made from a majority of industrial corn syrup, Liquor de Malt uses actual milled corn - three types in fact: Azetec Red, Taos Blue and Hickory King. Pretty cool actually. Mad respect. And, as you'd expect, the flavour is not only fuller but much tastier (like spoiled cider) and, in all honesty, appreciably unique. Dare I say I like the taste of this? Yea, I do dare. And even my boy Bruz over at agrees!

Secondly, instead of being artificially carbonated with CO2, as with most mainstream beers, Liquor de Malt is bottle-conditioned. As result, the texture is actually quite creamy and well bubbled and more reminiscent of a quality Belgian offering than an industrial lager. If it weren't for the indecent amount of raw alcohol noted, this would actually be a delight to drink. The taste of refined sugar on the finish is kind of pleasant too.

If the idea of a malt liquor is to be as crude and aggressive as possible, or at least not to care about correcting those things, then in this regard Dogfish Head relatively fails. While the alcohol is undoubtedly boorish and the corniness tactlessly coarse, the beer isn't too vulgar (and no more obnoxious than, say, their Squall IPA or 120 Minute). Still, the task of finishing it is starting to seem daunting and, truthfully, stomach wrenching.

I better wrap this up before this buzz get's the better of me. I think the real irony here is that, although they were trying to be cheeky and satire the most unpalatable, distasteful and inelegant style known to man, Dogfish Head actually, perhaps for the first time, despite all their eccentric offerings, impressed me with a beer that was authentically, respectfully and tastefully unique. Mad props to my homie Sam for the 40!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

My 1000th beer tasted. Been quite a ride. Hopefully Billy Dee's guarantee works for this 40... I made sure to take a swig straight from the bottle before the pour, but knew that a proper review required a pour into a glass. These ain't the streets, yo. It pours a clear amber copper topped by a thick hunk o' white froth, which hangs around on the street corner for what seems like all night. Thank God for the fuzz, otherwise I'd never get a drink in edgewise, for fear of shanking. That's the kind o' neighborhood I live in, baby. The urine-like appeasrance warns of a somewhat urine-like odor. It's not an asparagus-laced pissing, but rather a semi-sweet stream, comprising wheat, rice, corn syrup, and just that slightest bit human waste know the smell. It's what makes piss piss, and what makes this brew smell like a malt liquor instead of something else. Something like that. The taste mimics the nose, though along with a strange maple syrup flavor rises a light sourness, not unlike the Guinness sour. Only not as stouty. I have no idea what to make of this taste. It's not bad, per se, but not what would be expected from a beer. Hence the style, I guess. It does shed some light on why these things are downed quickly, straight from the bottle, though... The body is a lighter medium, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this was quite the experience: my first craft 40. As if it needs saying, it's better than other 40s. But it just doesn't seem as smooth or classy as some. Hmm...maybe if I'd kept the paper bag it came in...

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Photo of vacax
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Opened up this forty ounce of freedom at Blue Palms "Ultimate Brown Bag" because it already came in a brown bag. How perfect. Paired it in a side-by-side with St. Ides, a rarity in these parts. Most people seemed to prefer this, though honestly I thought the finish was cleaner on the two dollar forty than the twenty dollar one. This one poured sparkly and pale gold, just like a good malt liquor should. The head was tighter than most due to the bottle conditoning but retention was low. A bit cloudy due to the bottle conditioning, which goes against the style, especially for a style meant to be drank directly the brown bag.

Aroma is lighter than typical malt liquor with a bit of esters, banana, in addition to a corn cereal, not harsh. Taste has a malt sweetness with corn, some esters not typical of malt liquor lighten it, but the finish is harsh on the corn and quite dry. It starts better than "malt liquor" but the ending says this is definitely a malt liquor. One of the key aspects of a malt liquor is the drinkability, which depends on a clean finish, which this one does not do as well as a craft version ought to. Light body, probably heavier than most though, which is evident due to natural moderate carbonation which is lower than usual. Mouthfeel is a strong point for the beer. Overall, drinkability is hampered by the finish, unique flavor on the midpalate, but not necessarily good.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this whale.

A: The pour is a cloudy pale straw color with just about no head at all.

S: It smells like (wait for it) malt liquor. Corn and perhaps some actual malt, but not good by any means.

T: Now, the flavor is actually not terrible. It's sort of sweet and less "corny" than malt liquor usually is, but malt liquor none-the-less.

M: The body is light with a moderate carbonation.

D: It wasn't terrible tasting at all, like many malt liquors are. But it wasn't so much better that I would trade a bunch for it or rush out and buy it. Let's be honest: it's malt liquor.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale yellow with a half finger head that left good sticky lacing.

S: big wheat and booze aromas with a liitle bit of malt sweetness.

T: wheat malts booze flavors upfront with a hint of spice.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a wheaty boozy finish.

D: drinkable malt liquor but was a little dissapointed cause the st. Ides tasted better in a side by side tasting.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2010

A- pours a hazy dark orange almost copper color with a great head and sticky lacing

S- very faint banana, like a weak hefeweizen aroma, a hint of sweet lemon, some yeast aroma, alcohol spiciness

D- a semi-sweet lemon citrus, alcohol is prominent, not very bitter just kinda sweet with a slight burn at the end

M-very smooth almost like water; the lingering finish is nice; the alcohol flavors coat the sides of your mouth a bit

D-not very accustomed to malt liquors, but the alcohol prominence is a little overpowering and after one glass it is really starting to catch up with me; definitely nice to try because of the rarity and a style I'm not familiar with, but if it were in regular production...nah, I would buy something else.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know it is stupid... but this is one of my long time whales... Tiklmelmo hooked me up with 2!! Jason is a stellar trader for sure... This is from the 2nd release in 2010.

Reviewed from pretty good paper notes ... I cracked this at a pretty big tasting a few weeks ago... I'm saving the other 40 to share with my bro and a work buddy who claims to be a "Malt Liquor Connoisseur"... I'll add more to the review then.

Pours clear dark gold on initial pours... but later they were sorta hazy golden... no lacing... short lasting white head.

Nose is clean maltiness... something that I guess is corn... smells like some bigger micro cream ales I've had over the years....

Flavor has a lite splash of citrus/lighter floral hops that let you know this is not your every day drunk punch... pale malts and some corny goodness (i think) .... some booze for sure just to brand the style into your brain.

Again.. the body and carbonation are akin to a bigger cream ale... medium with a lite yet frothy carbonation.. definitely interesting and glad I get the chance to try another.... The last bottle is kept in the coldest part of the fridge with a post-it that hopefully keeps people from randomly grabbing it.. Honestly, I can't wait to try it again.


Thanks again Jason.... Awesome trade.... I hope you like your brews as much as I like my incredibly rare treats.

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Liquor De Malt from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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